Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Day 81


THIS is the photo I meant to post earlier this week - I think it's even better with the sun's rays.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Day 80


Between Denver & Colorado Springs

Monday, December 29, 2008

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Friday, December 26, 2008

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

DAY 75 - Snow Storm Very Beginning


Woke up to a sunny, beautiful day.
But, here came the storm and it started with a vengence. I tried to get a picture just as it started. Trust me, the snow was coming down so you could hardly see. But I couldn't capture it, sorry.

Here are a few white streaks for you, LOL, and I'll try again next time.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

DAY 74 - mountain view

So much to be thankful for :)
Just a quick trip to the gas station in the morning - check out the gorgeous view. I'm telling ya, anyone that can look out at that in the morning and still be in a bad mood has some serious issues LOL

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Day 73 - Mr. Bigg's

The store is called Mr. Biggs and is a huge Family Fun Business. I have never been there since my children are past the age, but there are go carts, arcade games and lots of other stuff. The neat thing (to me) is that there is actually a church that meets here on Sundays :) And the owner is frequently in the news for charitable things he does. At Christmas time (now) he has a 'free day' for low-income families to enjoy and does much more charity work.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Day 72 - The Criterium!

I've always thought this was a bicycle shop each time I drove by. This morning I looked it up on the internet and guess what? It's actually a Bike Race Track!

criterium, or crit, is a bike race held on a short course (usually less than 5 km), often run on closed-off city centre streets.

Collegiate cyclists take a tight downhill corner in theBoston Beanpot Criterium at Tufts University

Race length can be determined by a total time or a number of laps, in which case the number of remaining laps is calculated as the race progresses. Generally the event's duration (commonly one hour) is shorter than that of a traditional road race — which can last many hours, sometimes over the course of several days or even weeks, as in a Grand Tour. However, the average speed and intensity are appreciably higher. The winner is the first rider to cross the finish line without having been "lapped."

Events often have prizes (called primes,usually cash- pronounced "preems" ) for winning specific intermediate laps (for instance, every 10th lap). A bell is usually rung to announce to the riders that whoever wins the next lap, wins the prime.

Success in road criteria requires a mix of good technical skills — in particular, the ability to corner smoothly, while "holding your line" on the road, as well as rapidly and sharply — and riding safely with a large group on a short circuit and exceptional "sprint" ability to attack other riders and repeatedly accelerate hard from corners.

Criteria are relatively easy to organize and do not require a large amount of space. They are the most common type of bicycle racing in the continental United States. They are also gaining popularity as a format for Mountain Bike events.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

DAY 71 - Snowblowers!


This is ONE of our neighbors who owns a snowblower. They LOVE to get them out at the first snow storm and are usually generous in doing MORE than just their own section of sidewalk. But this poor guy ended up doing his driveway THREE times this day because it kept coming down, LOL And in the winter, you should hear them.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

DAY 70 - Signs of the times ?

Unfortunately, signs such as these guys are out holding have become more and more common around Colorado Springs. Currently these are for a Car Liquidation Sale and the Closing of our local Circuit City but almost each day there are one or more of these up - almost all for 'going out of business' sales . . . . . sad


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

DAY 69 - Gas Prices at Night



I know others have posted "Happy Signs" when the gas prices finally started down - this is the FIRST time during the recent 'crises' that I'd seen gas below $2/gallon. It was awesome!

Monday, December 1, 2008

DAY 68 - 1" - 2" of snow in Colorado Springs



Well, according to our weatherman, this is 1" - 2" of snow 
I don't think so, LOL